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Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Brian and Margaret. Maggie, have you applied for full membership yet? It's free but not automatic.


Erin Finicane
Mon 2 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone! I’m Erin, an amateur documentary filmmaker based in Boston. I recently moved from New York where I was interning at Jigsaw Productions and Four Corners Media. I run my own freelance video production and post-production service, which has proved quite successful thus far, but am hoping to transition from the scattered nature of freelance projects to a career in feature-length documentary. I love the storytelling process and believe that documentary offers a unique outlet for knowledge that makes it one of the most important tools for education in the 21st century. I look forward to learning from and participating in the D-Word community.


Wolfgang Busch
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I am a cinematographer who is based in Berlin. I like working abroad and have workingexperience in India, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Poland, Spain and USA. I have experience In shooting on Film and Video, HD-Video aswell. I am looking for new contacts, interesting Projekts, and interesting discussions.

You can see my vita and showreels on www.wolfgangbusch.com .

There is also a trailer of the documentary "The ledgend of Shiva and Parvati"


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Welcome aboard, Wolfgang. Feel free to plunge right into the discussion topics here.


Christie Strong
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hi everybody,

My name is Christie Strong and I'm a filmmaker currently fundraising for my first doc feature 'Bombshell: The Life of Maria Stinger.' I'm very excited to join a doc-minded community, where I can learn from others and share some of my own adventures :) My website is www.StrongFeatures.com and I'm located in Miami, FL.


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hi, Christie. Bombshell sounds quite interesting, and I especially like the personal angle. Good luck with that. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to many more discussion topics.

Edited Tue 3 Nov 2009 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Erin, please don't feel ignored. Of course we're welcoming you as well!


Kellie McClune
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!
My name is Kellie and I'm a college student in Valdosta, Georgia. My major is International Documentary Production, and I'm loving every minute of it!! I've been in love with video and media since I helped my brother film a project when I was 14. I realize I'm still wet behind the ears and have a lot to learn, which is why I am very excited I found this website!! I'm fully open to discussions, advice, and of course making new contacts in this industry.


Sergio Lopez Figueroa
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
My name is Sergio I live in London and work internationally, my background is in music composition for film. Two years ago I founded Big Bang Lab, a cultural-social enterprise working across Film, Music and Heritage to achieve social change in communities. After a project in Delhi (www.delhi-citysymphony.com) I am looking for production companies to commission the making of documentaries of our projects with young people and the cities.

First I need to pitch to commissioners and get the money!

To learn more about my vision
www.labforculture.org/en/moderators/lidia-varbanova/highlights/57988

or visit any of these websites
http://www.bigbang-lab.com
http://www.vimeo.com/bigbanglab

Edited Wed 4 Nov 2009 by Sergio Lopez Figueroa

Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Sergio, and good luck getting that money. It's quite a noble vision you have there. And welcome, as well, to Kellie and, of course, Erin. Sorry to have overlooked you initially.

And thanks again to Michael Rabiger, whose classic book on Directing The Documentary continues to send new folks to The D-Word.


Jill Morley
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello!

My name is Jill.

During a hiatus from directing my first documentary, "STRIPPED"... (Okay, after my first one, I said I'd never make another one and got sucked into it again) I actually learned how to shoot and edit and started my own production company www.shootingninjas.com. Currently am finishing a film about female boxers, depression and post traumatic stress disorder, called "Fighting It." I am looking forward to connecting with other doc filmmakers and finding some community here.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Great to have you here, Jill. Remember our meeting at DocuClub many years ago, glad to see you've stuck it out.

(Reminder to self: don't say anything even remotely nasty to Jill... ever!)


patricia maresch
Sat 7 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone, my name is Patricia. I'm a documentary filmmaker from Holland, based in Rio de Janeiro. Last year I finished my first doc here. Right now I'm trying to get financing for a new project in a women's prison in Rio. We hope to start shooting in March 2010. If you'd like to know more: www.faveladocumentary.com
I'm looking forward to connecting with fellow filmmakers here.


Doug Block
Sat 7 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Patricia, and a warm welcome to The D-Word. Best of luck with your film, too.


Stefani Saintonge
Thu 12 Nov 2009Link

How is everyone doing?

My name is Stefani, and I'm an MFA documentary studies student at Hofstra University. Right now I'm trying to spread the word about the program to prospective students and supporters as a graduate assistant under Skip Blumberg. I'm also a novice at film making so learning about more about the doc industry is a must. Hello!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Stefani!


Steve Christolos
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!

My name is Steve and I love making documentaries. :) I'm a former student of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. Recently, I just finished my debut short film, The Sundowner. I'm excited to develop future projects with my producing partner, we're very open minded and willing to help collaborate. Nice to meet you all!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Steve!


Kristof Bilsen
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Hi Doug,

Kristof again (after a while on d-word again) – I am currently studying at the National FIlm+Television School in UK for the 2 year MA Documentary Direction. Currently I am preparing my subject for this MA
dissertation to be written next year. I am thinking of making a paper about personal documentaries and their influence on the family/relatives. Etc (I just started off) and I might like to interview you about it.
Would that be possible, by skype for example? Just let me know, it is not urgent. regards, Kristof

In the hidden section, my details:

Show hidden content
Edited Sun 15 Nov 2009 by Kristof Bilsen

Doug Block
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Welcome back, Kristof. Feel free to email me about setting up a skype intv, but won't have time until I'm back from IDFA.


Heather Ross
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

The sidebar is nagging me to introduce myself, which I clumsily forgot to do when I joined last year. It's GREAT to be here and have input from such a distinguished group of pro doc makers. I recently completed a feature-length doc, GIRLS ON THE WALL, which was a co-production with ITVS (great experience working with them). It just premiered in the city where it was shot, at the Chicago International FF, winning a Special Mention jury prize. The site for the film is www.girlsonthewallmovie.com

In the past I've produced and directed many hours of factual programming for A&E, Discovery, MTV, and am excited to bring what I've learned the hard way on the indie doc trail to new television projects.

Thanks to the hosts for providing this great space.


John Burgan
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

You're welcome, Heather – better late than never...


Marj Safinia
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?


Doug Block
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Congrats on your award, Heather, and thanks for finally outing yourself. Come back often, ok? We've had more than enough silent Heather, especially given all you have to offer. (And love seeing you doing karioke!)


Yogesh Jagam
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Dear All,

You are invited to the Film Festival : Humanity Explored –

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visit now www.cultureunplugged.com

watch, vote and spread the buzz in your community, on your social networks, in your blogs.

Engage & Explore.
Visit the festival now.

Yogesh
on Behalf of,
Culture Unplugged Festival Team

www.cultureunplugged.com
Promote Films. Promote Consciousness.


moloy chakraborty
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hi; every body ;
i 'm moloy from INDIA;very glad to meet you here.
I'm now working as an assistant film director with the most eminent indian film maker; BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA. But you all know that in INDIA its very difficult to be an independent film maker . i've completed the research work for two of my ducomentaries .
my first project is about the children who lived on footpath of calcutta;but they all have a very pain full history; and the causes are very socio-economical.........
and my second project is on MEDICINE;how the people of INDIA are cheated by those multinational medicinal companies.......
i've approach to many people and tried to make my dream true' but i faild. so i'm requesting you to give me some suggestions for it (i.e:how do i find producers.....). thanking you; moloy


Marcus Rosentrater
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
My name is Marcus Rosentrater. I am working on working on movies. My keen interest in non-fiction is finding the place where truth and fiction crossover to derive a separate truth unreachable from either end. I am primarily an editor, but have co-directed 3 short docs with Gideon C. Kennedy. Our last of which is premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam this Friday (Nov. 20th 2009 20:15). http://clandestine-movie.com/ I'm looking forward to connecting to an international non-fiction filmaking community.

Thanks!

Edited Wed 18 Nov 2009 by Marcus Rosentrater

Martin Touhey
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Good day fellow documentarians,
My name is Martin Touhey and my company Sleepyeyed Films LLC is currently in pre-production of a documentary about the legendary video game Dragon's Lair. I've joined the D-Word in order to expand my contacts and hopefully gain some insight to how people are getting their projects funded and noticed. I look forward to sharing ideas and getting to know other filmmakers.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hi! This is Almudena Carracedo, I'm officially introducing myself here!

I am a Spanish filmmaker who was based in Los Angeles until two months ago, and now happily based in Brooklyn. I recently directed Made in L.A. (www.MadeinLA.com) which was my first feature doc and ended up wining an Emmy. After 2 and 1/2 years of intense and rewarding outreach and community engagement my partner Robert Bahar (also D-worder) and I are slowly wrapping up the project and moving onto new things.

Happy to be here in D-word, finally, and to be in touch with this community!


Marj Safinia
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Welcome all and an especially huge welcome and hug to Almudena! So glad you decided to sign up! LA is sorry to have lost you guys.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Thanks Marj!!! We miss you all in LA... but I'm sure we'll be seeing you quite often anyway :)


Doug Block
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Ditto Marj. Welcome to Martin, Marcus and the very youthful-looking Moloy (Yogesh, we'll welcome you more warmly when you actually choose to introduce yourself.)

And a roll out the red carpet welcome to Almudena, who we're thrilled to have as an actual member and not just a friend. Good to have you all here.


Almudena Carracedo
Thu 19 Nov 2009Link

Doug, thanks for your sweet welcome :)


moloy chakraborty
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

hi I'm moloy chakraborty from India. I'm working as an assistant film director with BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA; the eminent film maker from India. As you know that it is very difficult to make my own film in India; I ‘m requesting for some suggestions from you. I ‘m a science graduate from Calcutta university and working in this field from last seven years only as an assistant and till I believe that I can make my dream true.

I’ve completed the full research work of two of my documentary films and now looking for some funding for these .

My first project is about “THE STREET CHILDREN” who live in the footpath of Calcutta but they all have a very painful history; which is very socio-economical. The usual documentaries about this matter mostly end in showing that they live in an exile & we all have to help them. But most important causes are not revealed or hided. I’ve found that in most cases state and its laws are very responsible for this. They never can imagine even about sufficient food. Medical; education; etc are simply a dream to them……… ………………………….

My second project is about ENVIORNMENT &WATER LAND (POND). There are too many housing projects which are developing by destroying the water lands and greens which has an impact on temperature; average rain; as well as on public health……………………………………….

I’m sorry for bothering you in this way but desperately I want to make my dream true though I know it’s very difficult . I’m writing you for your kind suggestions and help. I’ll be very glad if you reply me.

Thanking you;

Moloy chakraborty;

moloychakrovarty@gmail.com


Heather Ross
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

Thanks, everybody! Love this place.


Heather Ross
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Mon 16 Nov 2009 23:50 UTC :

Marj, glad you enjoyed it! When I showed the film at the detention ctr. last month, the new crop of girls LOVED Whitney too. She's doing pretty well, actually– set to start city college classes in January. And Rosa's working two jobs and looking at going to school next year. Crazy proud of both of them.


Jason Reid
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone,

My name is Jason Reid and I am a documentary filmmaker from Seattle. I completed 2 feature documentaries in 2009.

The first film is called Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (http://2rfilm.com/manzou). Myself and three other American friends, along with a 23 yr-old Chinese guide/translator, bicycled over 1,000 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (without permits or support vehicles). Our bicycle trip and the documentary serve as a vehicle to explore the environmental, economic and sociological issues facing China today. The film intersperses the experiences of our team with the opinions of residents, expats, and academics.

My second film is called Sonicsgate (http://sonicsgate.org), exposing the truth behind how Seattle lost the SuperSonics NBA basektball team following a heated legal battle in 2008. We had two sold out screenings in Seattle last month, followed up by an extremely successful internet release. In the first month, nearly 60,000 people have watched it online. The full 2 hour film is streaming for free at http://sonicsgate.org. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Also, you can take a look at my d-word profile at the link below.

http://d-word.com/people/reidster

Looking forward to networking with other filmmakers here.

Jason Reid
reidsterreid@gmail.com


Riley Morton
Sun 22 Nov 2009Link

hey Jason -
glad you made your way here – i did hear about sonicsgate – supercurious to hear how you guys came to the decision that you'd give the movie away online.

i hadn't heard about 'man zou' yet. are there any screenings coming up?


Lenville O'Donnell
Sun 22 Nov 2009Link

Jason, Riley, potential Seattle F2F on Monday... would be great to see/meet you and chew the fat. ?


Sara Westrate Barnes
Sun 22 Nov 2009Link

Good evening, everyone. I'm Sara Westrate Barnes and I'm a documentary transcriptionist. I know many of you, but am joining d-word for the first time. I've been a documentary transcriptionist since my sister (hi Beth!) sent me a machine and my first job about 12 years ago.

Some of the films I've been proud to work on are: 51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up, A Family Undertaking, e2 series (PBS), Out in the Silence, Vagina Monologues, Raymond Scott: Onto Something, Blueprint America, Terra Antarctica, Whatever It Takes, Promised Land, Lemon, Wait For Me, and Ruth Gruber-The Movie.

I also have several private clients in the medical field and do regular work for Spike TV and NOVA.

Thanks for reading and take care!

Warmly,
Sara
www.yourbesttranscription.com


Jason Reid
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Hi Riley,

Would love to chat about Sonicsgate sometime. We decided to release the movie for free so as many people as possible would be able to watch it. While not a great financial plan, I wouldn't have done it any other way. It has been a great way to get the word out about the film.

Also, I looked at your site and was interested in the Wonderland film you did. Looks cool. Check out the website for my film Man Zou (http://2rfilm.com/manzou) if you haven't already.

Also, Lenville...would like to meet up sometime as well. This week is looking kind of busy, but sometime soon for sure. Let's stay in touch

Jason


Doug Block
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Jason, and a big hello and hug to Sara, who I've been working with for years. Sister of d-goddess Beth.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

...so seattle is something like the 24th most populated city in the country behind places like columbus, memphis, el paso, charlotte, jacksonville, and detroit.

so based on d-word demographics, it seem that something like one third of the city of seattle must be documentary filmmakers. it's incredible, really.


Marj Safinia
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

And 99% of that one-third is male. Take that, statisticians!


Riley Morton
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

despite being the 24th biggest city, we are absolutely the #1 coolest city in the country – thus explaining why we have so many doc filmmakers. but i can't explain the lack of d-women.


Andy Schocken
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Maybe it's all those mountain man beards. Although it looks like they've got a few of those in Chicago, too. Jason, I liked that Sonics jersey in the Man Zou trailer.

Looks like Mikal will be in town Friday night, so that's when we'll be meeting up. Tentatively, 7:00 at the Alibi Room. Enthusiasts and members welcome (if you're an enthusiast and can't access the F2F topic, feel free to contact me at aschocken at gmail)


Howard Shack
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Greetings all, I'm very happy to join the mix here on D-Word. I look forward to sharing ideas and hopefully collaborating with many of you. I am an experienced producer and cinematographer with a couple of Emmy Awards and over 20 years worth of film and television projects for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and others.

A big thanks to Julia Welbourne for bringing D-Word to my attention. I look forward to meeting some of you at the Alibi Room get-together this Friday evening.


Andy Schocken
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

2nd best bald Jewish cinematographer to come out of Seattle in a long time. Seriously.


Marj Safinia
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Welcome Howard. Funny, Andy :)


S.Tavaris Belle
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I how are you doing? My name is Shazard; I’m originally from the Bahamas but currently attending graduate school in Florida. At this time I’m pursing a Masters of Business Administration with one more class to go before I graduate. I’m interested the field of documentary filmmaking but I don’t have any experience. I purchased the book Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger, it’s my intention to teach myself how to make or go about making such films. It probably will take me a while to get the hang of things, but from now I plan to do a lot of reading and will purchase equipment later to get my feet wet. It look as if the website is full of professionals, so I don’t know exactly where someone like me would fit in. I hope to interact with the members on my journey to one day complete the documentary projects that I envision.

P.S I came across the website through the book Directing the Documentary By Michael Rabiger, which I recently purchased


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